Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary

Entry-Level Dental Hygienists can expect wages of $30.25 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists — including $3K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $40K to $82K depending on individual performance. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Dental Hygienists. Two in five receive medical and dental insurance and roughly one in six get vision plans. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,676 - $70,016

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$21.42 - $39.81

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,676 - $70,016  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,109  
Profit Sharing
$197.74 - $5,400  
Commission
$983 - $3,663  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,829 - $81,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 626
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$21.42 - $39.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,109  
   
Commission
$983 - $3,663  
Profit Sharing
$197.74 - $5,400  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,829 - $81,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,308
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Dental Hygienist


Aspen Dental offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $55K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $38K to $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Dental Hygienists in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Dental Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+20 percent), Portland (+18 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Dental Hygienist's salary, with Los Angeles Entry-Level Dental Hygienists earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Pittsburgh and 11 percent less in Jacksonville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Dental Hygienist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Hygienist in Forest Grove:
"Don't Give Up."
You will be stressed with the time limit you have, but don't give up. Know what you are worth and what you are capable of and own it. Be confident and compassionate. Be patient with yourself and don't give up. Everything will come in time and you will get better and better!

Dental Hygienist in Pasadena:
"Some people have gross mouths but if you can deal , good job."
Find a good office/doctor and make it a home long term.

Dental Hygienist in Temecula:
"Communication."
The hardest part of dental hygiene is patient communication and diagnosis. The learning curve is about two to three years.

Dental Hygienist in Beaverton:
"Don't Become Complacent."
If you continue to get raises within the first 5-6 years you will hit the ceiling for wages. Doctors typically do not like to give raises beyond a certain point. Negotiate vacation packages and 401K and other benefits to compensate. Consider that you will have a short career working full time. Working as a dental hygienist is an ergonomic nightmare. When you were warned about injuries in college it is no joke. I have been working as a hygienist for 10 years and every senior hygienist that works full time (and does a great job) has some form of work related injury. We do not get scheduled breaks. Consider working part time for career longevity. It's a great occupation, however, very hard on your body. Be proactive in continuing your education after graduation. Everything changes in the medical world. We are always advancing. It is up to us to stay abreast of the latest technology. The doctors will know if you are no longer on board and are stuck in the stone age.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salaries

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National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 286 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 43%
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